Making a Living


Canadian and Dominican Republic groups work together on food security and workers' conditions, but trade and globalization trends impede the process.






  • Making a Living





Study Guide




The goal of this video is to introduce students to Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the work that is being done in Dominican Republic on food security and worker's conditions. Also, to show how this work fits in to the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).




1. Show the video "Making a Living"


2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following impressions from the video:

  • What is the biggest challenge facing the people of the Dominican Republic?

  • What is the Free Trade Zone and what are the issues involved with it?

  • What is a typical day like for a worker in the Free Trade Zone?

  • Who is CICC and how are they assisting?

  • What Millennium Development Goals and/or Sustainable Development Goals does this project relate to?


3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Using the internet links offered here, find more facts about:

  • CCIC

  • United Nations Millennium Development Goals

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

4. Write 1.5 pages on the results of your research emphasizing the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals context for
CCIC's work in Dominican Republic.


5. Group discussion

In groups, first share your short essays and then, asking one person to represent the discussion, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.
Include suggestions on how students could start an ongoing global justice project or become involved with NGO projects already in existence.